Have you ever had the thought, “I HAVE TO WAIT to do what I dream of doing until I have more money?
Me too! It’s tempting to wait until we have MORE MONEY, and then to go about financing our dreams.
The neat thing I’ve slowly discovered is that many dreams don’t require vast amounts of money. This type of dream instead requires creatively using the money we have to turn it into reality.
For example, if you had asked me seven years ago how much I would have to pay to feel magnificently healthy in mind, body and spirit, I would have said, “Millions of dollars, if it’s even possible.” And since I didn’t have millions of dollars, I thought, “I CAN’T have my dream of enjoying magnificent health.”
However, I discovered my dream of having amazing overall health through participating in activities such as Hatha Yoga, Laughter Yoga, Landmark Education and receiving massages.
AND THESE ACTIVITIES ALL ENDED UP BEING WITHIN MY BUDGET!
In fact, I now go to a yoga studio, Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga, which has a vast number of classes every week and amazing teacher after amazing teacher. I pay $65 a month for unlimited yoga classes in San Diego, CA. Yes, I said $65 a month, not $650 a month. And the $65 a month is well within my budget.
Often our dreams don’t require so much money as they do our participation. What makes my yoga membership an EVEN BETTER DEAL is that I go to between 10 and 15 classes a week. The more I participate in my dream of amazing overall health, the better deal my unlimited membership becomes. Amazing!
At this point in the post, a reader, who we will call Cindy Louise, might say, “Hey, Mr. California Yoga Dude, that’s all fine and dandy about your yoga stuff, but I dream of owning a mansion. Please find me a mansion for $65 a month.”
I would say, “You definitely have a great point Cindy Louise. Those sixty-five-buck-a-month-mansions aren’t all they are cracked up to be.”
Then I would ask Cindy Louise what feelings she is seeking in owning a mansion. After careful consideration, she might say in owning a mansion she is seeking the feelings of safety, beauty, peace and joy. But at this point in her career, she can only afford an apartment. Then I would suggest that she looks for an apartment that embodies the feelings she is hoping to find in a mansion by searching for an apartment building that is beautiful, that is on a quiet and peaceful street and an apartment where she feels joy as she tours it.
Granted the apartment that Cindy finds wouldn’t be the physical reality of the mansion she dreams of owning, but the feelings that her dream evokes can be present in the apartment she decides to rent. And while she is renting, Cindy Louise can work towards her dream of earning enough money to buy an actual mansion.
If you’re up for an AMAZING GAME, start to see your money situation as an invitation to create, participate, and feel your dreams TODAY, instead of viewing your current financial situation as a reason to defer living your dreams until someday when you have more money.
Game of the Day
Think of a dream you have that you have been putting on the back burner because it seems to require money beyond what you can afford.
Is there an inexpensive way to afford this dream that you haven’t considered yet? (Like I found with my yoga membership.) Have FUN asking around and THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX as you answer this question
Does realizing your dream require your increased participation, rather than simply more money? (Like I also found with my yoga membership.)
If your dream involves purchasing something that’s really expensive (Like Cindy Louise’s mansion) (And there’s no $65 a month deal insight), what feelings are you seeking in owning this expensive object?
While working to afford this expensive object, can you find a less expensive alternative that evokes feelings similar to the ones you are seeking in owning the expensive object? (Like Cindy’s apartment.)
How can you use the money you have TODAY to create your dreams?
Jason Freeman is a professional writer, and a one-of-a-kind public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Heroic Yes! Productions. Jason has an MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska. He knows the pain of perceiving one’s life through a lens of limitation and also the thrill of moving beyond that mindset. For more information on Jason’s powerful message, or to book him to present to your organization, go to www.HeroicYesProductions.com.